By Sunda Aloba, Ado Ekiti
The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has denied calling on Christians to kill Muslims during a recent preaching about two weeks ago.
The clergyman’s purported statement was said to have been responsible for an attempt by some security operatives alleged to be men of the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest him at a popular hotel in Ado Ekiti late on Tuesday.
Addressing reporters on the development in Ado Ekiti where he is holding a four-day open air crusade, Suleman maintained that he never incited Christians to go after Muslims saying he only advised Christians to be ready to defend themselves if their places of worship is attacked by gunmen.
While insisting that he was quoted out of context, the cleric stressed that it was sinful for anyone to order a fellowman to kill a creation of God, describing the alleged comment as a misrepresentation of facts.
He said: “They said I preached in Auchi two weeks ago which they said implied that I was instigating Christians against Muslims. I have always been an advocate of peace and I can’t stay around and be saying such. There widows, orphans we take care of . No leader will see his shepherd being killed and be happy.
“Later, I got anonymous calls from Fulani Herdsmen about what I said. What I said was that, if gunmen came around church to attack churches, you must defend yourself, but if they come to pray, don’t attack.
“But they quoted me out of context. I am not stupid, I live among the crowd and I am not senseless. Time for self defence has come. Whether you are a Muslim or Christian, someone can’t just come to your house and killed your children and you will keep quiet.
“I said the Christians must not go after them, but if they come after us, then defend yourself. This is what they twisted to mean. I am hearing different versions of the story.
“I was in Abuja for three days why didn’t they come after me. But now that I am in Ekiti, they wanted to lump me up with a man they think was against them. It could have been easier to pick me up in Abuja, I don’t live here.
“If this will make them to clarify what I meant, I can present the video of my preaching. A town in Aviele in Edo State , Muslims rushed into the church and chased away all church members.
“I have always been preaching that youths must not kill. It was even wrong for the police or any security agency to be coming around me and be saying I preached that I said Christians should kill Muslims without any verifiable facts.”